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NY provides $500,000 for localities to save farms

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ALBANY — Localities in New York can apply for state grants of up to $15,000 to develop laws and programs designed to protect farmland.

The grants through the New York State Environmental Protection Fund will go to municipalities that want to amend local laws to ease potentially burdensome restrictions on farms. The money can also be used to design programs that rely on conservation easements to protect farmland while transferring those development rights elsewhere.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says $500,000 will be available through the program statewide.

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